Tai Chi Qigong

The origins of Qigong can be traced back to ancient China and, simply put, Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) means “energy” and gong (pronounced ‘gung’) means work or skill.  A sedate lifestyle, anxiety or stress can cause the Qi to stagnate, potentially creating a variety of health conditions or lifestyle diseases.  This easy, relaxed, gentle exercise (or ‘work’) that we do, is designed to bring the stagnant energy to flow freely round the body via the meridians or “energy pathways” to benefit the bones, organs, immune system, vitality, general health and peace of mind.  It provides balance & calm in our hectic lives, health & vitality, new zest for life and self confidence.  Qi Gong exercises are simple but very effective, easy to learn and carry out, effective for any age or fitness level, whether you are used to exercise or not.  They are slow, graceful and flowing movements that engage the whole body, supported by internal images, resulting in the participants feeling calm, whole, relaxed and uplifted at the end of the session.

Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese exercise system to integrate the body and mind.  Originally created as a martial art, Tai Chi as it is practiced in the west today is considered less as a martial art, and more as a form of moving meditation.  There are a number of  forms or sequences of movements, performed slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions between them, which are well known for their health giving properties, and can be taken up at any age, young or mature, requiring no special level of fitness to do so.  This is because Tai Chi Chuan is an “internal” art.  It does not rely on muscle strength but comes from the breathing, body alignment, relaxation, coordination and state of mind of the practitioner.

These classes require no special equipment, just comfortable clothing, flat shoes and an interested mind.  Tai Chi provides many benefits which include:

  • Improved Posture
  • Greater Body Awareness
  • Increased Relaxation
  • Better Focus
  • Deeper sense of Self
  • Increased Immunity
  • More Confidence

“Tai Chi is extremely valuable for people wanting to create a healthier physical and mental context for themselves.”    Linda Chase Broda.